Donald Trump made headlines earlier this year for comparing American intelligent agencies to Nazi Germany. This statement received a lot of criticism, mostly from CIA director Jhon Brennan who called Trump´s words outrageous: “Now that he’s going to have an opportunity to do something for our national security as opposed to talking and tweeting, he’s going to have tremendous responsibility to make sure that US and national security interests are protected”, Brennan said. As Brennan, most people found the president´s statement very dangerous. Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect called his comments “a despicable insult to Holocaust survivors around the world”. According to author Ron Rosenbaum, on the other hand, there can be made a comparison between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler itself.
Both men “bluffed” their way to power using demagogic and populist methods, mostly by spreading false statements about the current political establishment. Clearly, there can be made a certain comparison between one man and the other but Trump over all seems more like a parody of the German dictator; thank good. Let´s not forget, also, that Donald Trump faces serious problem with his political agenda in the US and divides the whole nation when it comes to oppose or support his agenda. For Hitler this situation was very different, having had the back of the majority of the nation when he came to power. One particular parallel, however, seems to be rather concerning- the way the 45. President of the United States is treating the press in the country. “Fake news” has become a current expression in the vocabulary of the Trump administration. The fact that the president refuses to talk to reporters and call them out of being false and misleading is pretty concerning. Adolf Hitler, on the other hand put Journalists into concentration camps, threatened media representatives and shot newspapers down. Trumps way of dealing with the press clearly is far from being presidential, but at the same time, how many leaders in the free world do have complicated relationships with news representatives. From Silvio Berlusconi to Wladimir Putin, the list of democratic elected leaders who have opposed the press, sometimes with illegal methods, is rather impressive.
But can they, therefore, all be compared to Hitler and Nazi Germany? According to Ron Rosenbaum, the parallel’s, in Trumps case, are there: “Now Trump and his minions are in the driver’s seat, attempting to pose as respectable participants in American politics, when their views come out of a playbook written in German,” said Mr. Rosenbaum, “The playbook is Mein Kampf.” I personally wouldn´t go as far as the author. Yes, Trump might be a populist and certain members of his cabinet might have a controversial background (White House chief- strategists Steve Bannon had to face criticism for being editor of the ult- right Breitbart web side), but there is still a difference between calling journalists fake news and killing them. After all, the United States do have a free press with all its problems and issues; but its free at last. The comparison to a killing dictator might therefore sell books and get attention but is far from being true.